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Taliban’s refusal of peace talks a political defeat: statement

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KABUL: The Presidential Palace in a statement has slammed the Taliban group for avoiding direct talks with the delegation of governmental peace negotiators in Abu Dhabi.
The presidential statement said the government of Afghanistan positively responds to the demands of the citizens of country and national consensus for peace, but unfortunately direct negotiations did not take place with the opposition side.
The statement further added that the government fulfilled its duty but did not achieved its ambitions from the opposition side and negotiations in Abu Dhabi took place with the representatives of U.S., Saudi, and UAE.
According to presidential office, the representatives of Saudi Arabia, UAE, and U.S. expressed deep regret regarding Taliban’s decision to refrain from direct talks with the peace negotiators of the government of Afghanistan.
The statement also added that the Taliban group showed that they do not want the welfare of the region, are not committed to peace, and want continuity of war by rejecting the justified demands of the people of Afghanistan and the international community.
Calling the group’s refusal for negotiations ‘a political defeat’, the statement said the government of Afghanistan will continue its efforts for peace and the Afghan armed forces would be remained ready to defend the territorial integrity and the Afghan people.
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